People

Although certain people have been appointed to serve the church in specific ways, we actually have around 150 ministers at Magdalen Road. We encourage every person in the church to use their unique gifts and experiences to serve one another and the wider community. In our life together we aim to imitate Christ in speech, love and service, so that we may nurture one another towards Christian maturity.
 

Staff

   
Dan Steel - Pastor

The Steel family arrived in Oxford in 2011. Dan is a native Oxonian and he and Zoe arrived at Magdalen Road having planted Grace Church in Birmingham. They have four children (Ellie, Barney, Josh and Abi).  Any time he's not running around after his children Dan would like to be doing something sporty or eating ice cream at G&D's.

Contact Dan.

 
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David Dent - Assistant Pastor
David was born and raised in small town Australia and moved to the UK in 2009 chasing his then girlfriend, now wife, Joanna. They have three children, Isabella-Rose, Isaac and Pearl. Joanna is homemaker and homeschooler and enjoys time with people as well as all kinds of arts and crafts. David recently joined MRC as Assistant pastor after 4 years at Oak Hill Theological College. Since surfing and fishing are now a rarity, David enjoys good food, company and conversation (preferably all together).

Contact David.
 
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Kitty Brittenden - Pastoral Worker
Kitty Brittenden fulfils her role as pastoral worker/mobiliser in which she mainly pastorally trains and equips the church family of MRC, whilst also engaging in pastoral work herself. Kitty works with leaders of different church ministries and activities, building a pastoral support team and helping to create a culture where we all care for one another as the body of Christ. Kitty is linked to Biblical Counselling UK (BCUK), part of a growing network of church care and counselling throughout the country.

Contact Kitty
 
 
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Thom Diment - Administrator
Thom and Laura are visiting Oxford from sunny Australia for a few years while Laura completes her PhD. Despite a background in IT support, Thom spends his time in office arguing with the photocopier and any other electronic device that he can find. Outside of working hours, you'll find him nursing a cup of tea somewhere, preferably over a board game with anyone he can convince to play with him.

Contact Thom
 
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Elders

The overall leadership and direction of the church is the responsibility of our elders, who meet regularly to discuss and pray for all aspects of the life of the church. 

The elders are Dan Steel and:
 
Pat Brittenden

Originally from New Zealand, Pat was born in the UK and grew up in North Africa. He is married to Kitty and the father of Naama and Nathanael. Having both been teachers for six years in Cambridge, Pat and Kitty served in the Arab World for over five years, then spent a year in NZ, where Pat completed a graduate diploma in theology. Pat and Kitty moved to Oxford in 2009. Along with his doctoral studies, Pat now works as consultant for a theological training programme in the Arab World and teaches at a Primary school in Oxford. Pat loves people, sport and especially the All Blacks!

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Charlie Currie

Charlie has been in Oxford since studying Physics as an undergraduate from 1998 to 2002, and has been part of Magdalen Road Church since his PGCE year in 2003-2004.  He now teaches Physics in a school in North Oxford. Charlie and Ruth were married in 2011, and live just off Donnington Bridge road.  Ruth is a Social Worker in east Oxford. Outside of teaching Charlie nurtures gentle obsessions with science fiction, board games, and bad cinema.

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Andrew Anderson

Andrew was ordained into the ministry of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) in 1981 and served at Greenside Parish Church in the east end of Edinburgh for thirty years. He and his wife Hazel retired to Oxford in 2012 and joined Magdalen Road Church in 2013. Andrew is presently Chaplain at the Oxford Centre for Missiion Studies in the Woodstock Road. He and Hazel have two married sons and four grandchildren.

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Jonny Williams
Jonny was born in Wales, brought up in Northern Ireland, studied in Scotland, and settled in England; despite the confusion he is clear in his support of Wales come the 6 Nations. Jonny returned to Oxford and married Sarah in 2011, and they have been members of Magdalen Road Church since then. Jonny and Sarah are both teachers, share a love of rugby, take every opportunity to see family and friends, and do their best to keep up with their daughter, Anwen. In Jonny’s spare time he balances his love of sport, watching and playing, with the occasional (though often lengthy) board game.
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Deacons

Deacons are appointed by the church to lead specific ministries. They have responsibility for the day-to-day management of their particular ministries under the leadership of the elders.
 
Jon Langley - Finance

Jon and his wife, Hannah, have been part of Magdalen Road Church since 2012, and currently live in Abingdon with their daughter, Abigail.
Jon works in fundraising for Church Mission Society and Hannah works part time as a Ministry Trainee here at church. Jon appreciates a nice glass of wine and is a big fan of spreadsheets!
 

 
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Catherine Weston - World Mission
Catherine is married to Richard and has lived in Oxford since 1990, moving to East Oxford and Magdalen Road Church in 2009.  In the church where she grew up, in Warwickshire, she learned that being involved in God’s mission in other parts of the world is a normal and integral part of local church life. With two sons now grown up and left home, Catherine and Richard seek to create a hospitable home for lodgers and for international students who come to this global city. Catherine enjoys singing and drawing and learning about different cultures.

 
 
Catherine Weston
James Greig - Homegroups

James and his wife Emily have been part of the church since 2007. They live in Marston with their children Alastair and Isabelle. James is a solicitor with local firm Blake Morgan in Botley.  In 2009 James and Emily ran The Marriage Course in their local pub. He believes in homegroups because he believes the 'one another' scriptures are for all followers of Jesus. 

 
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Ministry Trainees

In 2018-19, we have two ministry trainees.
 
   
Hannah Langley

Hannah grew up in Southampton, then went to university in Birmingham, where she studied Theology and met her husband Jon. They moved to Oxford in 2012, and since then Hannah has primarily been a carer and mum, and more recently also worked as an administrator for Christians Against Poverty. This year she is serving as a part-time ministry trainee, with a specific focus on biblical counselling and working with the youth group. When she's not in the church office, she can usually be found chasing her toddler Abby, in a coffee shop with friends, or baking a cake.

 
 
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Mbali Moya
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Mbali and Arthur are in Oxford for the next two years while Arthur completes his DPhil. Mbali completed her MSc in Geology in 2017 and will be spending the 2018-19 period as a ministry trainee at the church. Mbali has committed to dedicating the year to strengthening Biblical foundations and reaching and sharing the gospel with students and young adults. Both her and Arthur hope to go back home and minister to students in Johannesburg.
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